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Hunting, Research, and Management

LDWF manages the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) as a commercial, renewable natural resource through sustainable wild harvest and alligator farming.

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LDWF licenses Nuisance Alligator Hunters across the state to capture nuisance alligators and minimize conflicts between alligators and humans. These hunters capture and remove more than 1,000 nuisance alligators every year.

Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council

Comprised of three alligator farmers, three coastal landowners, and three alligator hunters, the Council works within LDWF to promote sustainable use of Louisiana's alligator resource and to ensure wise management of the species and its habitat. The Council, through the International Alligator and Crocodile Trade Study, monitors worldwide trade of all crocodilian species. A Council representative attends Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meetings and works closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to regulate and document trade so that it remains legal, sustainable, and verifiable.

The Council maintains lists of alligator farmers and ranchers, buyers and dealers, tanneries, and retailers, as well as information on alligator meat and hides.

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